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    Post Weekend Update (7th Feb 2020)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 7th Feb 2020).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

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    More of an update on last week...

    I have been roughing in some landscape ideas, with a "Southwest desert" theme.

    On the left end, some red rock buttes/mesas (still working out the transitions)...
    P2080295.jpg

    On the right, there will be another large hill or mesa, with both lower and upper tracks tunneling thru. The white scenic divider will be trimmed down to match the contour of the hill... the side facing the engine yard will just be painted grey at first, but may get a industrial/yard backdrop added at some point.
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    Clean up, clean up, everyone, everywhere...

    Trying to get the train room clean and organized. I have a lot of small projects such as putting up shelves, mounting tools, etc. I'm trying to get that done and then plan on making a few more turnouts. I took some photos but they were in the way so they got thrown out with other stuff.
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    Since it has now been determined that the garage is now the designated train space after having been negotiated out of the spare bedroom to make it into a sewing and craft area, started cleaning out the space and taking "stuff" to the storage locker. 3 loads gone, probably 2 or 3 loads tomorrow. Next weekend is the greater Houston area train show. Can't wait!
    Maybe I can get a couple of modules frames built this week. Got 10 pairs of coffin locks yesterday so I can get started once the workspace gets cleaned.
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    @Railroader, I'll be interested in some photos of how you are mounting those coffin locks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
    Since it has now been determined that the garage is now the designated train space after having been negotiated out of the spare bedroom to make it into a sewing and craft area, started cleaning out the space and taking "stuff" to the storage locker. 3 loads gone, probably 2 or 3 loads tomorrow. Next weekend is the greater Houston area train show. Can't wait!
    Maybe I can get a couple of modules frames built this week. Got 10 pairs of coffin locks yesterday so I can get started once the workspace gets cleaned.
    Earl
    So let me see if I understand this: you get booted out of the spare room, which would have made a nice train room rather than a hot, humid Texas garage, and next you acquire some coffin locks.

    I'm just sayin'. ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    So let me see if I understand this: you get booted out of the spare room, which would have made a nice train room rather than a hot, humid Texas garage, and next you acquire some coffin locks.

    I'm just sayin'. ....
    Sounds like someone has a lot of life insurance...
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    Well, just enough insurance to pay off the mortgage. Still working out the process on the mounting. Probably mortise a slot in the end plate of the modules but will also need to add a mounting block to secure the lock in place. Pics to follow when I actually build something. Yes, the garage is definitely not my first choice for summer railroading. Future plans include insulation and sheet rock, enclosing the overhead door and air conditioning. It's only time and money.
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    Insert Boy Scout Motto here> Be Prepared!��
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    Started construction on the sections for a new layout. Not much to see yet, but here you go:

    DSCN6367.jpg

    And if you want to see more: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...808#post578808

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    Well, didn't get as much done as I'd hoped because I ran into a couple issues.

    A) since I had my measuring tape out and would be cutting lumber, I decided to start with adding the incline out of my staging yard. That went well enough and I got it cut and laid in place last night but not installed. Later, I went to bed and somewhere between then and waking up this morning I realized that what I had cut out wasn't really going to work because it's going to get covered by the second level. I could use it, but would have to cut out the shape of the incline in the second level material above it, which would mean removing the incline to use it as a template. I would not be able to permanently mount track to it. I realized if I'm going to use it as a template, I might as well just "cookie cut" the incline into my upper level material.

    I also realized that the incline is going to cover a turnout underneath it, so I would have to get that turnout installed first.

    That all means that I can't install the incline yet but at least the template is done for when the time comes.

    I DID temporarily install a piece of MDF to extend the track that will eventually climb out of staging over about 4", giving me a better approach to the turnout there. It still returns back toward staging and my temp Unitrack loop so that I can have trains go roundy-round. My 89' flats and 2-8-2 Mikado go through it much better now.

    However, speaking of 2-8-2, while trying to transition from Atlas code 80 to my Unitrack, my Mikado high centered and threw its traction tire. Can it be put back on? Pretty sure I've read that once a traction tire comes off it'll forever be too loose to stay on. I came here first and haven't Googled it.

    B) okay, no problem, I still have a loop to run trains on and I wanted to see how that additional straight approach to the aforementioned turnout works. Start checking the other side of my loop to make sure turnouts are lined properly and checking for obstructions and found one... The next turnout had a point come loose from the throw bar. Eh, no problem I can fix those in minutes now, only because I have to wait for the iron to get hot. A couple minutes and the work is done. Close the turnout and my Digitrax system beeps indicating a short. Throw it again and all is clear. Close it -> short. Saw absolutely nothing wrong with it. Probably took two hours off and on fiddling with it to get it to work again. I still don't know what the cause was, but it's clear now. Ran a couple trains, 2 at once even, and then called it a night.

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    I have successfully reused my traction tires. When one does get loose, a bit of Bullfrog snot on the wheel rim, then the tire then wipe off excess BFS and it no longer rolls off. Ever.
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    Hopefully Moose will be happy with a video instead of pictures. Here's our train show from this weekend in 2 minutes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyA6s8jcct8
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    Railroader,
    I feel your pain brother...garage layout space in Texas no bueno.
    I should know..my freemoN sections reside in the garage. Gotta have fan(s).
    Laters,
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOO View Post
    Gotta have fan(s).
    Hey, I'm one!

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    Better in the garage in Texas in the summer than in the garage in Chicago in the winter.
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    Better in the garage in Texas in the summer than in the garage in Chicago in the winter.
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    Earl,
    I know what of what you speak of, lived in the stinkin’ Land of Lincoln in the 80’s. Now that I reside central Texas, I guess I have run the environmental gamut. I actually try to plan the major layout work according to temperature,lol

    I do the “fine” work inside at the kitchen table.

    My wife has been cool about it, somewhat..lol

    Laters, Wyatt

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    Have you checked out the railroad Museum in the Temple depot? Last time I was there was about 10 years ago. Pretty amazing collection! Even my wife enjoyed it.
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    Well I did done done it, I now have a NCE Dcc set. I know nothing about dcc. But I am going to learn.
    I will have some dumb questions from time to time, But have decited to learn and go dcc on my layout.

    P S I also have pick up a Kato GS-4 steam to make sure Moose won't stampeed on me.
    Yes I talk to myself, I sometime need expert advise.

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